Like the prairie in Springtime, Canada's political spectrum approaching the imminent election is decidedly shifting green. But where there are those whose transformation coincides only with the prevailing winds of the politcal seasons, there are too evergreens; environmentalists first, seeking now to enjoin the fight from within the electoral arena. Briony Penn is an environmental scientist, illustrator, author, geographer, cartographer, and educator. She's perhaps best-known locally for hosting the award-winning television program, Enviro/Mental. Her natural history columns appear in Canadian Geographic, and Explore magazines, and her 'Wild Side' column for Monday Magazine has educated Victorians as to the nature of the treasures their environment provides for years. Briony Penn, and taking Ottawa in the first segment.
While both the federal and British Columbia governments are falling over themselves to hook Canada's wagon to America's star, the economy in that benighted country is set to crash. Last month, the Dow Jones Index took a precipitous dive, (the steepest since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks), following a meltdown on the Chinese market; and it's just the beginning. Lila Rajiva is a freelance journalist and the author of 'The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media,' and the soon to be released 'Mobs, Messiahs and Markets,' co-written with Bill Bonner. She's also a contributor to 'One of the Guys,' an anthology collection of essays regarding women as torturers, and the book, 'The Third World – Opposing Viewpoints.' Lila Rajiva and crashing markets in the first half.
And; April Fool's British Columbia! As the Free Trade Agreement, and the subsequent NAFTA deal did for Canada, the soon to be implemented TILMA deal between Alberta and B.C. promises to do for our respective provinces; that is: Eviscerate local governance, removing protections for the environment, labour, and all those other tedious restrictions placed upon the unfettered pursuit of corporate profits at the expense of the quality of life Canadians have become accustomed. April First is the day the deal signed by Premiers Campbell and Klein is set to go into effect. Murray Dobbin is a Vancouver-based journalist and political commentator whose work is featured primarily at the local B.C. web news site TheTyee.ca, and he'll be here in the second segment on T-I-L-M-A spelling the end of municipal government in British Columbia.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all the good things to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Lila Rajiva and charting capital's impending disaster.
Gorilla Radio's FunDrive 2007 with Chris Cook, J9 and Rico!
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As old as the war in Iraq, the case of "outed" CIA operative, Valerie Plame has dragged on. In the meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of lives have forever been altered. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the former White House staffer left holding the bag in L' Affair du Plame, and his trial is ready to wrap up.
Elizabeth de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor, journalist, and author. Her articles appear in the Nation Magazine, L.S. Times, and Salon.com, among other places, and her book, 'United States v. George W. Bush et al' is a theoretical prosecution of President Bush, and his cadre of extra-legal help-meets. Elizabeth de la Vega and bringing Justice to a jaundiced White House in the first half.
And; it's the lie that launched, not a thousand ships, but countless conveyances of war; the explanation of the attacks of September eleventh, 2001 has been used to, among other things, "justify" Canada's current entanglement in the Afghanistan fiasco. Beyond the roughly three thousand killed on that fateful day, many hundreds of thousands of other lives have been effected.
But what really happened on 9/11? Hal Sisson is a
Victoria-based novelist, former reporter and lawyer, and world-ranked croquet player. The latest of his nine novels is Modus Operandi: 9/11 a no-less fictional account of that day than has been so far produced as fact by the powers that believe the official narrative. Hal Sisson and the ways and means behind "the day that changed everything" in the second half.
It may be a new war for America, but for the people of Central Asia it’s simply more of the same. Over the past two decades there have been wars in: Iran, Iraq. Kuwait, and From 19, November 2001 — Afghanistan. While media attention has focussed on technological gee wizardry and to a lesser extent, the geopolitical context of the region, the real story is being ignored. Thousands of Afghanis have been displaced by two decades of war. Those numbers have been dramatically increased, thanks to America’s “New War” and there are indications that even when the Taliban do fall many Afghanis have nothing to go home to.
Gorilla Radio for Monday February 26, 2007
by C. L. Cook
How, after five and a half years, is it possible that the truth behind the greatest criminal act of the young 21st Century, the 9/11 attacks, could still remain shrouded in doubt and mystery? How is it, that the greatest nation the world has ever known, with all its mighty resources at hand, has done no better at answering the myriad questions that lay still unresolved than to reiterate the original narrative of what happened on that fateful day in September: The hijackings were the work of a handful of Osama bin Laden devotees, that somehow managed to plan and pull off their scheme entirely undetected?
This week: author Robin Andersen and Bush's Fantasy Budget and the Military/Entertainment Complex; inventor Mitch Altman and making TV-B-gone; and, Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria this week.
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There is no single account of the Israeli soldier's capture; some say they were taken inside Lebanon, others say Hezbollah fighters penetrated Israel intent to take hostages back with them. It's an important distinction, if one buys into Israel?s claim their bombing of the Lebanon and killing of more than 1000 civilians there was an act of "self-defence." It?s also important to the court case, filed last week in Israel, claiming reparations of Lebanon for the damage and loss of life incurred by Hezbollah's rockets. Trish Schuh is journalist covering the middle east. She's a member of Military Reporters and Editors, and co-founder of Military Families Support Network. Trish Schuh and the difference a few miles can make in the first half. And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that is good to do in and around Victoria this week…
Gorilla Radio for Monday, October 30, 2006 – C. L. Cook – This week on GR: Victorians take to the streets to call an end to this country's military involvement in Afghanistan. Independent media superstar Amy Goodman on media substance over Static, and Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed on local goings on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Gorilla Radio for Monday, December 11, 2006 – C. L. Cook – This Week on GR: Ottawa Citizen journalist and author, David Pugliese on Canada's changing military; author, Jill Franklin and surviving B.C.'s roads, and medical-legal-insurance systems; and, Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Katherine Hughes and the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. And, David Swanson and an accounting of the 110th Congress of the United States of America in the second half. And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things you can get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Digging through some of my old show tapes, I came across an interview I did with Denis Halliday in September of 2000. Before the next Iraq War, before 9/11, a prescient look at the "natural" progression of events culminating the "genocidal" 'U.N. Oil for Food Program' for Iraq. The script from back in the day is included below.
GR #67 Monday, September 18th CFUV 102FM 104.3 Cable 'cfuv.uvic.ca'
For more than ten years, the United Nations Security Council has enforced an embargo against Iraq. In that time, by the U.N.'s own estimates, more than a million Iraqi citizens have died as a result. Iraq is a defeated country; its infrastructure is destroyed, the economy in ruins, and its oil revenues strictly controlled. Yet, the 'victorious' alliance of western nations, including Canada, refuse to take their collective boot from the necks of the people. On today's show, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and resigned Head of the UN Oil for Food Programme in Iraq, Denis Halliday on the continuation of a policy he's described as genocidal…
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Monday, December 2, 2002
5:00:00 2:00 Welcome to GR, etc. It was called “a day that will live in infamy.” December 7th, 2002 will mark the sixty-first anniversary of America’s entry into the Second World War. December 8th, 2002 may too live in infamy for millions of Iraqis, and Muslims around the world. That’s the deadline imposed by the United Nations Security Council for Saddam Hussein to either comply with it’s edicts, or face another American led war. Should war happen, and few think it’s anything less than a certainty, it will be Iraq’s second war against the world. But, for America it would simply be the latest in an unbroken succession of wars and military actions it’s conducted around the world since Roosevelt’s famous ‘Day of Infamy.’ Chris Hedges has covered many of these wars, police actions, and civil conflicts. He spent more than fifteen years reporting from various fields of battle for The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and America’s National Public Radio. He shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and this year’s Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He’s also published his first book, ‘War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.’ In the first half, Chris Hedges…And, just what are the weapon inspections in Iraq about? Scott Ritter spent more than six years as a key member of the weapons inspection team that went into Iraq following the first Gulf War. He questions the need and motives behind the newest United Nations mission, and is an outspoken critic of America’s drive for war in Iraq. The former U.S. Marine Corps officer recently spoke at a symposium here at UVic and, before taking the stage, conducted a press conference. Because none of Victoria’s mainstream media showed, what followed was a casual, and candid exchange between Ritter and a few CFUV reporters. In the second half, Scott Ritter and inspecting the inspections. And, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Chris Hedges and finding ourselves at war.
Thank God for Jean Chretien! Six years into the disaster on wheels to south of us, the former democratic nation of the United States of America, Canadians should be lighting candles of thanks that the former prime minister, despite his myriad political failings, had the good sense to maintain a semblence of independence in Canada's foreign police by keeping the country out of the bloody conflagration in Iraq. Sadly, he sacrificed the continuous rotation of nearly three thousand Canadians to sustain the illegal occupation of Afghanistan, another disastrous project of George W. Bush's administration. Unbelievably though, the inheritors of the keys to Sussex Drive are eager to enjoin more closely Canada's ties to Empire America.
Clever Conservative Party leader, Stephen Harper, his own ascension to power in this country contingent on massive support by agents of the U.S. regime, and his own averred adherence to that regime's militarist philosophy, is determined to carry forward the long-dreamed, in some quarters, political and economic integration of the North American continent; hitching his poltical wagon, and your children's future, to the shooting star of a doomed empire.
Connie Fogal is the leader of the Canadian Action Party. CAP has been at the fore of the fight being waged by those Canadian citizens who believe Canada should remain independent of the elephant to the south, especially in matters of foreign military adventures. Connie Fogal on the conspiracies and less so of a North American Union in the first half.
And; they blazed into Washington riding a wave of voter revulsion of the incumbent government. Scandals of epic, unprecedented dimension are the hallmark of the Bush administration, and now, with majority control of both houses of Congress, the Democratic Party is in a position to initiate, impanel, and chair congressional committees to begin the long process of redress for a criminal conspiracy centred at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and so far responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the pilfering of untold billions of dollars from the U.S. treasury. David Swanson is the Washington director of Democrats.com and ImpeachPAC.org, and co-founder of the groups, After Downing street.org and Meet with Cindy.org. David Swanson and an accounting of the 110th Congress of the United States of America in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things you can get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Connie Fogal and shining a light on the dark corners of the deep integration.